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SAJ hosts 75th anniversary back-to-school health fair

Published:Tuesday | September 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Myrtle Fletcher (right), of FISH, examines the eye of a child during the Shipping Association of Jamaica's 75th anniversary back-to-school health fair held in Greenwich Town on August 22 and 23, 2014.
Dr Chinyere Reid (right), of FISH, shares a light moment with a student attending the SAJ's 75th anniversary back-to-school health fair.
Sachae Mitto-Wilson (back right), administrative assistant at Advantum, smiles with students receiving back-to-school stationery donated by the company.
Twelve-year-old Ashanti Anderson gets her blood pressure checked by Nurse Sydoney Thomas of The Foundation for International Self-Help (FISH) during the Shipping Association of Jamaica's (SAJ) 75th anniversary back-to-school health fair held in Greenwich Town recently.
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More than 200 students living in the Greenwich Town community of St Andrew benefited from the Shipping Association of Jamaica's (SAJ) 75th anniversary back-to-school health fair, held on August 22 and 23, 2014.

Aimed at providing students with free medicals for back-to-school, the health fair covered eye screening, dental examination and medical check-ups.

The two-day health fair, held at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, saw the SAJ partnering with Maritime and Transport Services Limited, Kingston Wharves Limited, Advantum, Newport Medical Group and Petrojam.

The medical professionals engaged included a team from The Foundation for International Self-Help (FISH) Medical Clinic and Newport Medical Group.

cost-saving benefit

Parents who accompanied their children expressed gratitude at the great cost-saving benefit of the health fair, which included not only the free medical services, but also the donation of books and pencils.

The back-to-school health fair is the second in a series of health fairs being hosted by the SAJ in celebration of its 75th anniversary. In March, the association hosted a two-day health fair at the Tavares Gardens Primary Schoo,l in partnership with Dr Havalee Henry of Yale Medical School. Dr Henry was the recipient of an Arthur Guinness Fund Award. The SAJ has celebrated its 75th year by hosting a church service, a 5K run/walk, and has a gala and awards banquet planned for later this year.